Medication Management

Opioids are a common prescription for pain management, but Integrated Pain Consultants know medication management is just one option for pain relief. As the country is in the middle of an opioid epidemic, we’re learning more about the potential side effects of using opioids as treatment. A recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) “The Impact of Opioid...

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and stressful. However, many patients don’t think about cancer-related pain until it’s a reality. At Integrated Pain Consultants, pain management for cancer is a specialty with conservative and alternative treatments at the forefront. Depending on the type of cancer, a variety of pains may be experienced. For example, bone cancer is linked to spinal...

The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has recommended cannabis to treat opioid overuse disorder (OUD). Integrated Pain Consultants experts know the importance of conservative and alternative treatments, offering options to those in pain in Arizona—but what about around the country? Every year, around 500 people in New Mexico die from an opioid overdose, and the Albuquerque Journal estimates that “tens...

America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, which is why Integrated Pain Consultants prioritizes conservative pain management and offers a variety of pain relief options. Some communities are facing a large disparity when it comes to battling the epidemic, and black urban communities are at a higher risk of opioid abuse and overdoses than other populations. According to...

In the midst of the opioid epidemic, states are expanding their Medicaid programs to offer more alternatives to the addictive pain relief drug. At Integrated Pain Consultants, opioids for pain management are reserved for specific, often short-term avenues for pain management. There are many opioid alternatives available, some of which don't require drugs at all (like platelet-rich plasma injections). Medicaid...

Does marijuana help or hurt the opioid epidemic? There are arguments on both sides of the fence, and Integrated Pain Consultants is committed to offering the right pain management plan for patients with a conservative opioid strategy. A number of state governments are currently suing drug companies for allegedly utilizing misleading advertising about the benefits (and costs) of opioid drugs....

Integrated Pain Consultants prioritize customer comfort and safety, which is why opioids for pain management are reserved for very specific and often short-term cases. What Are Opioids Opioids are a natural substance (unlike opiates which are a synthetic man-made drug) derived from poppy plants. However, not all-natural substances are necessarily safe. Some of the most highly addictive substances are also natural, such...

You may have heard of kratom, the alternative and allegedly all-natural pain reliever. At Integrated Pain Consultants, patients often ask for non-addictive, organic alternatives for pain relief, and that's a smart approach to take. Usually, you'll find kratom in smoke shops (both tobacco and recreational marijuana shops). Kratom is an herbal drug derived from the kratom tree, common in Southeast...

At Integrated Pain Consultants, we see a number of patients suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as CRPS. This chronic condition often happens to the legs or arms after an injury. It's caused by damage to the central and/or peripheral nervous system and can be categorized into either type 1 or type 2. However, the symptoms of either...

"Opioids" is a term used to group together a variety of painkiller medications, but they also include sub-categories of agonists, partial agonists, and antagonists. At Integrated Pain Consultants, all opioids are prescribed very conservatively and almost always for short-term pain situations (such as recovering from a broken bone). Recently, Dr. Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, addressed exactly what the differences in these...